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The Impact of Virtual Meetings
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The Impact of Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings have mixed effects on employee productivity, creativity, and relationships.

Applying the Metaverse
From Communications of the ACM

Applying the Metaverse

Business, entertainment, and fashion companies already are staking their claims in this enhanced virtual world.

Stealthy Hackers Target Military, Weapons Contractors
From ACM News

Stealthy Hackers Target Military, Weapons Contractors

Analysts at Securonix discovered the attacks but couldn't attribute the campaign to any known threat actors, despite some similarities to past APT37 (Konni) attacks...

Applied AI Teaches Handwriting
From Communications of the ACM

Applied AI Teaches Handwriting

In an increasingly digital world, how do you teach students cursive handwriting?

An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?
From ACM TechNews

An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?

Parents in the U.S. are increasingly buying Apple Watches for children as young as five years old as a short-term substitute for cellphones.

Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners
From Communications of the ACM

Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners

Measurement has driven research groups to home in on the most popular datasets, but that may change as metrics shift to real-world quality.

The Road to 6G
From Communications of the ACM

The Road to 6G

Looking past 5G to sixth-generation wireless technology.

Thinking Like a Cyber-Attacker to Protect User Data
From ACM TechNews

Thinking Like a Cyber-Attacker to Protect User Data

Researchers exploit computer processor's on-chip interconnect to launch side-channel attacks.

AI Model Recommends Personalized Fonts to Improve Reading, Accessibility
From ACM TechNews

AI Model Recommends Personalized Fonts to Improve Reading, Accessibility

Model matches reader characteristics, such as font familiarity and age, with specific font characteristics, such as heavier weight.

VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses
From ACM TechNews

VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses

Scientists from Stanford University and Nvidia create thinner, lighter virtual reality headgear than commercially available devices.

Neurotechnology and the Law
From Communications of the ACM

Neurotechnology and the Law

How closely should implants be regulated?

Brain Implants Get Real
From Communications of the ACM

Brain Implants Get Real

Universities, and a growing number of companies, are producing brain-computer interfaces.

Making Traffic Jams a Thing of the Past – AI Traffic Light System Could Drastically Reduce Congestion
From ACM News

Making Traffic Jams a Thing of the Past – AI Traffic Light System Could Drastically Reduce Congestion

A new artificial intelligence system reads live camera footage and adapts the lights to compensate.

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation
From Communications of the ACM

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation

Labor shortages have many companies turning to automation technology, but with mixed outcomes.

Raising Robovoices
From Communications of the ACM

Raising Robovoices

New systems can model and synthesize voices, and even translate them into other languages.

Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health
From Communications of the ACM

Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health

How AI can be used to improve diagnosis of mental health conditions.

Can AI Learn to Forget?
From Communications of the ACM

Can AI Learn to Forget?

Specialized techniques may make it possible to induce selective 'amnesia' in machine learning models.

Technology's Impact on Morality
From Communications of the ACM

Technology's Impact on Morality

Leading technologists and thinkers are concerned about technology's impact on our ethical thinking.

Smartphone App Calculates Genetic Risk for Heart Attack
From ACM TechNews

Smartphone App Calculates Genetic Risk for Heart Attack

Scripps Research uses DNA data from 23andMe to calculate risk for coronary artery disease.

'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses
From ACM TechNews

'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses

Products allow anyone to use AI without writing any computer code.
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